Santa Claus can’t get to visit Children…

…in Syria. And not in Aleppo.

…and these children will probably never know what a “Merry Christmas” would be like.

With only a few days until Christmas 2016, those of us aware of the indescribable cruelty against humanity occurring in Syria can’t help but have an extremely heavy heart for these children whose lives teeter against the edge of a very uncertain and unimaginable future.

This agonizing perspective of life reduced to utter worthlessness is both a blessing and a curse. A curse because at a great distance, shielded from the stark reality of existence by the hour, we feel helpless. A blessing? It makes us realize that we are infinitely blessed by the abundance of idyllic living at Huntly Wynd.

It makes the issues we fiercely debate and discourse mute in comparison. Perhaps with this perspective, our outlook can change, promoting the spirit of cooperation, friendship, and hospitality. It will brighten up the prospects of the New Year 2017.





CHRISTMAS at the Huntly Wynd

Luke 2: 14-20

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

And so it was, one day in a lowly manger in the town of Bethlehem that a little child was born.

Today, more than 2000 years, in December, the whole world celebrates His birth. And the many homes at Huntly Wynd are lit with colorful lights. Evergreen trees and bushes twinkle with festive adornments.

But what is the significance of Christmas and Jesus of Nazareth?

As we look at the world today, we see many people frantically leaving chaos in their war-torn villages with nothing but clothes on their back, leaving hundreds and thousand of their dead loved ones. It is a catastrophic calamity of the modern world. As brothers are killing brothers, and beheading innocent human beings in the name of allah, we have never seen the world in such a great turmoil.

As it is written, the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, is to bring light into this world and save mankind from itself. The ever green tree in the midst of darkness during the winter months, decorated with lights, signifies the unchanging love that our God has gifted to us through his only Son. It is a promise of salvation, of peace throughout eternity.

Therefore as we ponder the true meaning of Christmas; as we celebrate His birth here at Huntly Wynd, through the colourful lights throughout the community, let us be united in prayer for our brothers and sisters in the middle east and everywhere in the world where there is suffering; that the light will shine upon them.

Let us also pray for goodness and kindness within our community; pray that our leaders, the Strata Council, would receive divine guidance as they fulfil their stewardship to serve Huntly Wynd.

For the rest of the year and into the first two weeks of the New Year, let us focus on counting our blessings and set aside differences pertaining to the direction where our community is headed. Let us allow ourselves, through prayers of enlightenment, that we can forge these differences and achieve harmony.